Emergency Services Can I dial "911" on an Iridium satellite phone? Yes. 911 Emergency Service is available in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by dialing "911" and pressing "OK"or the green soft key. When the call is made, it is automatically routed to Iridium’s selected 911 emergency call center provider, Intrado. After determining the nature of the emergency, Intrado will route the call to the nearest Public Safety Answering Point. 911 service is not available in Canada.
Does Iridium have contingency plans in the event of blackouts and emergencies? Iridium has backup electrical power and communication connectivity for both gateway and command and control functions to continue to offer services over the Iridium network in emergency situations. Iridium will support satellite-to-satellite connections without interruption. While most elements of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) should be immune, these are external elements outside of Iridium's control and therefore cannot assure PSTN connectivity in such situations.
Does Iridium support emergency services?... Does Iridium support International SOS? Iridium no longer supports the short code to reach the nearest 24-hour alarm center. Iridium subscribers who also have a International SOS subscription can use their Iridium phone to contact the International Alarm Center that is closest to their location. To obtain a list of the most current phone numbers for the appropriate geography, please visit International SOS’s website or contact your International SOS representative for more information.
How reliable is the Iridium network in the event of a natural disaster? Space-based cross-links make Iridium impervious to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, which can damage ground-based wireless towers. Calls are routed among Iridium satellites without touching the ground, creating a highly secure and reliable connection.
Fax Services Can I send a fax using Iridium? Yes, faxes can be sent and received by utlizing our Iridium Fax adapter. The Iridium Fax adapter works with standard Group 3 fax machines.